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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Purgatory, purgation" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 5071 - 5072"
All who come into the other life are purged. Those who were devoted to goodness in the world are purged as to evils and the false ideas stemming from them and then are living in their own good and in the truth stemming from it. Those, however, who had been devoted to evil are purged as to truths and good qualities if there be any, and then they are in their own evil and the false ideas stemming from it. As a consequence the good become images of their own good and the evil images of their own evil. The latter are cast into hell, the former raised into heaven. For some the purgings go on a long time, depending on the amount and nature of the good or evil. They usually go on for several years; and when they are purged they are purged from head to heel because good or evil so inscribes itself in the body.
 There are also purgings that go on for only a few moments. I sensed some spirits in a cave on the left, and it was said they were from another world. These purge outward things which pertained to the world, the inward ones which were useful services done for sake of the neighbor and God thus remaining. Those who when in the world had not thought about anything else than themselves and the world have little left to them after purging. They are stupid. But those who have inner qualities on account of useful service to the neighbor, these, when they have been purged, put off worldly things and rejoice that they have been purged in this way. But only those undergo this purging who have been in the other life for some time and as a result of this felt earthly and worldly things disagreeable. There were two of both kinds who were purged in this manner.


[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Purgatory, purgation" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.1": detail "Section 381"
They who want to enter into truly heavenly joy must undergo temptations, punishments, purgings, which are unavoidable, unless they want to abide in outer blessedness and apparent joy and thereby have their remnant of truth and goodness eventually go to waste.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Purgatory, purgation" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 5508"
Purgings take place in all varieties—first inward things and then successively more outward ones, finally to outermost ones, and when this point has been reached, it is done. Purgings have to do with loves and consequently with all kinds of desires. The process's succession from the innermosts to the outermosts of the mind appears in the body in succession from the head to the heel of the foot, and the progression is also felt accordingly in the body, and its final stage in the sole of the foot. Spirits also know that when it has come there, it is all over. The reason this is the case is that all the inner things in a human being close in the last and lowest things in the body, and this happens progressively from the head to the sole of the foot. Or rather, each successive degree of every single passion has its lowest termination in the body. It comes from this also that when the things a person did in the world are called out of the person, they then proceed from the head to the arms, to the chest, to the limbs, and on to the last and lowest things of the feet. All things are as it were inscribed there, for they are arranged in a person in this manner, because the entire inward part of a person is as it were a human being. It interacts correspondingly with all things in the person. It is as a result of this that the whole person from head to heel is the person's love.